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DELAY IN ISSUANCE OF OROP IMPLEMENTATION LETTER CAUSE FOR CONCERN

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Indian Military Veterans
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh,SM
Chairman IESM
Tele No 0124-4110570,09312404269

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30 July 2014

Sh Arun Jaitley
Defence Minister, Govt of India
South Block, Ministry of Defence
New Delhi

DELAY IN ISSUANCE OF OROP IMPLEMENTATION LETTER
CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Dear Sh Arun Jaitley
1.    Please refer to the meeting of IESM delegation with you on 16 July 14 and the reaction of veteran community about the outcome of the meeting. Please also refer to my letter dated 19 July 2014.
2.    IESM delegation did feel a hint of broken promise during the meeting. However, IESM issued a very measured but positive statement of the outcome of the meeting. Veterans are intelligent and they read in between the lines and reacted strongly about the outcome of the meeting. It will be important to mention here that the Veterans’ family is seriously concerned that various political parties after forming the Government in the past had not kept their promises made pre elections and because of this they have lost confidence in Politicians and bureaucrats. Bureaucrats took advantage of their proximity to politicians and improved their salaries and perks as compared to Armed Forces Personnel and veterans. Bureaucrats pension has been increased 108 times and that of Military veterans only 45 times since 1973, is an example of this bias. 
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MyGov: A portal for Citizen Engagement towards governance launched

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Indian Military Veterans
MyGov: A portal for Citizen Engagement towards governance launchedThe portal MyGov, a platform that serves as a medium for the people, specially the youth, to connect with the Government actively and facilitates their engagement towards nation’s development was launched today.Briefing about the initiative, Shri R.S. Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Electronics and IT said that ‘MyGov’ empowers people to contribute towards good governance through various tasks and discussions.MyGov presents an opportunity to the citizens to participate in multiple theme-based discussions and to share their thoughts and ideas with a wide range of people. Citizens can upload documents, case studies, pictures, videos, other work plans etc. on the platform. They can volunteer for various tasks and submit their entries. These tasks would then be reviewed by other members and experts. Once approved, these tasks can be shared by those who completed the task and by other members on MyGov. Every approved task would earn credit points for completed the task. National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology would manage the poratal .Groups and corners are an important part of MyGov. The platform has been divided into various groups namely Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India, Job Creation. Each group consists of online and on ground tasks that can be taken up the contributors. The objective of each group is to bring about a qualitative change in that sphere through people’s participation.
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What is the current status on One Rank One Pension?

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Indian Military Veterans

What is the current status on One Rank One Pension?

- Hindustan Times report

The demand for one rank one pension (OROP) was accepted by the previous government and a provision of Rs. 500 crore was made in the interim budget. The new government, stating its intention to implement the demand many times, has also provided for it in the regular budget. However, veterans are nowhere neargetting the enhanced pensions envisaged. What is the current status on OROP?
A high-level meeting was taken by the defence minister on July 16 to thrash out issues with Service Chiefs, staff of Services headquarters and the top brass of the defence ministry, including defence accounts and the department of ex-servicemen’s welfare attending.
Also present were the representatives of four major ex-servicemen’s organisations to give inputs and plead their case. Regrettably, the meeting was inconclusive. A deadlock was created over the most basic issue, the very definition of OROP between bureaucrats of the MOD on one side and the uniformed fraternity plus the veterans on the other. The defence minister stated that the Koshiyari Committee’s definition of OROP might not be acceptable to the government now. His remark to veterans to lower their expectations reveals the stand of the government on the issue, causing consternation among them.
The political executive as well as the people of this country must realise that OROP is not a concession but is meant to offset restricted terms of service to soldiers wherein they are retired at a very young age. Here, the definition set by the Koshiyari Committee must prevail in that OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to past pensioners. It is significant that this explanation had already been accepted by the government. My take is that the government needs to show political will and make good on its promises.
NAVAL REGIMENTAL SYSTEM
The Indian Navy looks after its own. Through the Naval Regimental System (NRS), an institutionalisedsupport system has been set up to provide practical help to widows and next of kin of naval personnel. Seven Command Regimental System Officers and their teams are on the job, getting in touch with families of deceased naval personnel, whether retired or serving, to look after them and make certain that they receive all their entitlements. Regimental state units exist on the ground to meet veterans and widows: while updating their database, they educate them on their rights. They make sure all widows have canteen cards and ECHS memberships besides other documents, enabling them to exercise their rights and privileges.
Started in 2011, the NRS has now been instituted all over the country and has been successful in providing substantial assistance to a number of naval widows. As part of the targets set for the ‘Year of Ex-Servicemen’ in 2012, the outreach programme for veterans and widows was put into motion.
The next year this was extended to the scheme to undertake full responsibility for the welfare of widows and next of kin. The results have been very satisfying.

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Confederation Proposed New Pay Structure and Rate of Increment in its memorandum to 7th Pay Commission

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Confederation Proposed New Pay Structure and Rate of Increment in its memorandum to 7th Pay Commission

Proposed Pay Structure and Rate of Increment

In the preceding chapters we have dealt with the various principles of pay determination as was enunciated by the successive Pay Commissions. The 6th CPC introduced the new concept of Pay Band and Grade Pay. We are not able to comprehend any logical methodology having been adopted by the 6th CPC in constructing the Pay Band and Grade Pay. In the ultimate analysis, we found that there had been no uniform multiplication factor. It varied from 2.2 time to 3. The changes effected by theGovernment while implementing the recommendations of the 6th CPC further compounded the confusion and making it more irrational and arbitrary. 

The 6th CPC in their report stated that they have upgraded certain pay scales having appreciated the contention made by the employees organizations. They merged certain other pay scales in an effort to delayering the functions. But the new pay that emerged from such upgradation/merger was not equivalent to the higher pay scales in the said group. For instance, the erstwhile pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, 5500-9000 and 6500-10500 were merged. The multiplication factor for pay band construction was 1.86 times of the minimum. Therefore the pay band for the pre merged pay scales was determined to begin at Rs.9300/-. Having merged, the pay band must have begun at 12,090/-, i.e. 1.86 times of 6500/- in which the other pay scales were merged.

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